RED DEER COUNTY, AB, June 4, 2019 /CNW/ - ALUS Canada today presented the 2019 Dave Reid Award, worth $10,000, to ALUS Red Deer County participants Tom and Margaret Towers, of Tamara Ranch, for innovation in the production of ecosystem services on Canadian farms and ranches.
During a special event at Rolyn Hills Ranch today, ALUS Canada presented the 2019 Dave Reid Award, worth $10,000, as well as two runner-up awards, worth $1,500 and $500 respectively, to Canadian farmers and ranchers who are excellent stewards of the land and who have done innovative work in producing ecosystem services through the ALUS program.
The 2019 Dave Reid Award was presented to Tom and Margaret Towers, of Tamara Ranch in Red Deer County, for their outstanding land-stewardship ethic, their commitment to innovation as producers, for their longstanding dedication to rebuilding Canada's natural heritage, and for the impressive legacy they have created for future generations.
"We are honoured to receive this Canada-wide recognition," said Tom Towers. "We will continue to produce ecological services, and be the change we envision in the world, one acre at a time."
A special Runner-Up prize went to ALUS Mountain View participants Jerremie and Rita Clyde, of Little Loaves Farm, for their role as proud, vocal, and effective advocates for ALUS, while Darren and Maria Smith, of Good Land Farms in Parkland County, Alberta, received an Honourable Mention prize.
Formerly known as the ALUS Canada Producer Innovation Award, the Dave Reid Award has previously been presented to Joe Csoff (ALUS Norfolk) in 2018 and Gerry Taillieu (ALUS Parkland) in 2016. The award is supported by The W. Garfield Weston Foundation, ALUS' primary philanthropic partner.
All ALUS supporters, program coordinators, PAC members and participants are to be congratulated for helping to rebuild Canada's natural heritage for the benefit of Canadian communities.
ABOUT ALUS CANADA: ALUS Canada, A Weston Family Initiative, is a national program helping farmers and ranchers produce cleaner air, cleaner water, more biodiversity and other ecosystem services in their communities. ALUS Canada has disbursed nearly $8.1 M in funding to 25 ALUS communities, an investment that is multiplied by farmers, ranchers and communities on the ground. There are now nearly 24,000 acres enrolled in the ALUS program, thanks to 750 participants in six provinces. For more information, please visit ALUS.ca .
ABOUT ALUS RED DEER COUNTY: Established in 2013 as a partnership between ALUS Canada and Red Deer County, the ALUS Red Deer County program now has more than 100 participants, who have enrolled almost 5,000 acres. For more information, visit the ALUS Red Deer County webpage.
SOURCE ALUS Canada
For further information: Bridget Wayland, Director of Communications, ALUS Canada, C: 514-770-3001, [email protected]